Iditarod disqualifies four-time champion Lance Mackey for positive methamphetamine test

Four-time Iditarod champion Lance Mackey has been disqualified from this year's race due to a positive test for the drug methamphetamine. 

Mackey had finished 21st in the 2020 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, but Alaska Public Media reports a message sent to sponsors on Thursday revealed the positive test came from a sample collected along the trail in White Mountain.

In a statement, Mackey said he planned to seek treatment.

“I’m tired of lying to myself, friends, family, and fans, who have all supported me, rooted for me, or been inspired by me. I apologize to all of you,” he said. “The truth is that I need professional help with my latest life challenge. I am in the process of making  arrangements to go to a treatment center where I can get the professional help and real change I need.”

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